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Tai Woffinden In Doubt For New Zealand 2014 SGP Season Opener

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Team Great Britain skipper Tai Woffinden is determined to defy the doctors once again as he prepares for the start of his FIM Speedway Grand Prix title defence in Auckland on Saturday.

Woffy beat pre-season odds of 500/1 and two collarbone breaks to lift speedway‰Ûªs biggest prize last year.

And it appears he‰Ûªll have to overcome adversity again after he was taken to hospital in the UK with back and foot ligament injuries following multiple crashes in his British Elite League club Wolverhampton‰Ûªs win at Leicester last Saturday.

Woffinden discharged himself and headed straight to London Heathrow Airport to join his rivals on the marathon journey via Singapore to the City of Sails.

And he has every intention of taking his place in the season-opening New Zealand SGP at Western Springs on Saturday.

"I discharged myself from hospital to get this flight. I'm on pain killers." Woffinden admitted. "I'm struggling for movement in the left leg because of the impact on my lower back, hip and backside. It's seriously painful but the scans showed it's all good where the bones are concerned, nothing broken.

"But I'm on crutches and the problem is I have to use my right foot, which is the one with the ligament damage. That was caused by the first crash. I thought I'd fractured my foot at first, but thankfully that's not the case and I will be trying to rest it completely once I get to Auckland.

"I knew I was in a bit of trouble when I bounced off the track. They (the doctors) weren't too impressed when I said ‰Û÷I'm leaving, I've got a flight to catch to New Zealand!‰Ûª But that's the way it is; it had to be done.

"Now I'm going to arrange daily physio from the time we get to Auckland as well as resting up in the hotel. If I have to miss the first practice, then so be it. I'm planning to ride next Saturday. I'm determined to do all the right things this week, but it's not the best preparation for the first GP of the season.‰Û

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